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This is another project inspired by Elizabeth Hartman‘s Craftsy class, Inspired Modern Quilts: 7 Small Projects with Big Style. I had purchased Thimble Blossoms’ June Bug quilt pattern moons ago but hadn’t started it because I thought it too time consuming but after watching the tutorial, dove in and made a bunch of pedals.
Because I positioned the pedals close to one corner of each block, I had to make sure that they were clustered toward the center, a mistake I made in a previous iteration which will no doubt become mug rugs for gifting and giveaways. 😀 I quilted all the linen parts of this piece with a rambling vine motif which I doodled on paper first, there are a few random flowers tossed in for good measure.
My sewing space is rather chaotic after so much sewing so I’m going to take the day off to clean and organize. Not sure what I’m going to do for my next project. If you have any great tutorials, please pass them along!
I signed up for Kimberly Einmo’s Jellyroll Quilts class on Craftsy and I really loved her tutorial on the easy Lonestar. Even though I’m not a big fan of stars in general, with the right fabrics I think they can look really good. After I’d pieced my four quadrants, I shuffled around the pieces. (Sorry about the weird colours in my photos.)
I love this but don’t know what to call it.
These remind me of flights for arrows.
This is what I ended up doing using Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for the stars and quilter’s linen.
For the back I used Tula Pink’s Damask Dot in Pomegranite.
Damn you Craftsy, you came out with February’s BOM early!
Balkan Puzzle Block
I had it in my head, early this week, after Red Pepper Quilts posted her Rolling Stone block, that I’d use my Magic Beans and Kona Greys to create an optical illusion with them. Then Craftsy unveiled their BOMs for February and I thought I’d use the same idea with the Balkan Puzzle Block. I created four half square triangles of each shade of Kona Grey (Ash, Medium & Coal) then started playing with different layouts based on the same theme.
Craftsy BOMs done. I don’t know why these blocks take me so friggin’ long to make!
This isn’t part of Craftsy’s BOM but when I saw it on Red Pepper Quilt’s site, I really liked it. I don’t love mine so much. Maybe some Magic Beans are needed. Back in a few hours…
What a fun and happy mistake!
This is the paper pieced pinwheel block I mentioned yesterday using Kona Ash, Coal and a Little Apples jelly roll. Because the pieces are symmetrical and I wasn’t paying attention, I reversed the greys on one of the points but I think it’s kinda funky and I like the effect! Imagine an entire quilt of pinwheel blocks with just one block reversed.
Paper piecing gives you nice crisp lines and with the right fabrics, you can achieve a modern look. I think I might try more today using Joel Dewberry or Patricia Bravo fabrics. My biggest complaint about paper piecing is the fabric waste, which seems to be massive. Jelly rolls worked really well with both my paper pieced blocks but you would need to use a jelly roll of one solid colour, or didn’t mind having different colours and prints in each block. Small prints and solids seem to work best as many of the pieces are small and thin.
If you’re interested in taking Wendy Butler Burns’ free motion quilting class, it’s currently on sale for 50% off. I learned a lot from this course, from all of them actually, and the best part is that they never expire, you can watch them whenever you want. The next class I’m going to sign up for is Quilting Quickly II, I’m just waiting for it to go on sale too.
Just before the holidays, Craftsy had a sale on their online classes so I decided to sign up for their “Quick-Strip Paper Piecing” with Peggy Martin. I’m not a big fan of the stars but it’s something I wanted to learn and thought I could probably use this skill in other ways and in different projects. I knew going into this that I definitely didn’t want to use any batiks,no red and black together, or browns for that matter. Get my drift? I wanted a modern star with modern fabrics.
Little Apples Dream Weaver
Using a Little Apples jelly roll by Aneela Hoey and Kona Coal, I think I achieved my goal. This block was actually very easy but you need to watch the videos and pay attention. I somehow managed to loose one of the paper pieces in my massive fabric mess.
Dream Weaver Points
The next block I’m going to attempt is “Pinwheel Polka”, a 4-point star which I actually quite like. Not sure which fabric I’ll use yet.
And speaking of fabric (what a segway huh?), I ordered a shed load of Liz Scott’s Domestic Bliss today, I hope it doesn’t take too long to arrive, can’t wait!!
Image courtesy Pink Chalk Fabrics
Not perfect but neither am I, this is the first time attempting these very simple blocks. I’ve decided to make this quilt for my son using only the magic beans print from American Jane’s Fairy Tale Friends line. First up was the Asterisk block which somehow went off the rails a bit but I still love it and quite frankly, I think that once the quilt is completely finished and quilted, I don’t think anyone will ever notice.
The second block was a wonky pound sign. Again, I wasn’t able to line up the bars properly but it’s supposed to be wonky! ;D
Wonky Pound Block
There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be trying these blocks again (and again) and perhaps I’ll be able to line up the strips next time. It was nice to squeeze in some sewing on a work night but I still felt rushed. One hour is not a lot of time.
A few days ago I received an email from Craftsy announcing that they were producing FREE Craftsy Block of the Month online video tutorials with hostess Amy Gibson. You bet I’m joining in the fun! No needing a flicker account to join, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone (except yourself), no limits on how many people can join and you don’t have to belong to a quilting clique to join, what’s not to love?!
Sewing Machine Cover
Yesterday was sadly my last full time sewing day, I was back at work today. One of my goals was to make a cover for my new Bernina 550 QE. Now that I’m comfortable FMQ swirly daises, I wanted to use that skill in this project without overdoing it. And since I have so many hexies made, I thought it would be fun to use some of them.
I measured my Bernina including the extension table and cut some Kona Ash for the background then blanket stitched the Hexies onto it. When I started quilting the front, I decided I didn’t want the entire piece to be quilted and I really love the results!
I didn’t bother quilting or embellishing the back of the cover because I was running out of time and just didn’t have the energy . I rounded the corners using a drinking glass then sewed the middle strip to the front and back — the corner curves were a bit tight but I managed to do it without puckers. When I put the cover on the machine, it was loads too big. I’m not going to alter it for now but I do want a do-over in the future.
This vacation was tremendously successful and I would like to do more sewing after work in the future without commitment or pressure. There’s enough stress in life without enforcing sewing goals. Sure, there are many things I’d like to try like the drunkard’s path but I don’t want to feel like I failed if I don’t get around to trying it.
I started cutting 6″ x 6″ squares for our bed quilt, I adore half square triangle quilts, they’re so simple but the posibilites and visual impact pack a big punch. This is a project I can work on a little at a time without pressure.
Three more days till the weekend, I think I’ll try some paper piecing and that Craftsy BOM!